Depression Treatment Goals
Remission from depression is the goal of depression treatment, and perhaps more importantly, people who find a depression treatment that completely relieves their depression symptoms are less likely to have a depression relapse in the future.
A Doctor's View of Remission From Depression
Depression is a self-reported illness, meaning most depression symptoms are judged by the effected person. Based on the patient's responses to a series of questions, the doctor is able to assign the illness a score. They may or may not share this information with the patient. The patient is considered to be in remission from the illness when the score drops below a certain level.
A Patient's View of Remission From Depression
In practice though, remission is different for each person. It is generally considered to be a return to your "usual, normal self" - as you were before the illness. Patients note a variety of factors in this assessment, but of most importance is often:
- Return to a normal level of functioning
- A general sense of well-being
- Absence of symptoms of depression
Tracy, N. (2012, April 1). Depression Treatment Goals, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2020, February 16 from https://www.healthyplace.com/depression/severe-depression-treatment/depression-treatment-goals